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Cultural Arts Centre Zanzibar

Organised by the dedicated Hamad and other local artists, with an emphasis on quality and distinctiveness, this arts centre and shop provide a refreshing change from the wooden animals and tinga-tinga art found...

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Shanga

What started as a small enterprise making beaded necklaces has branched into furniture, paper, clothing and many other products, mostly using recycled materials and made by workers with disabilities. The products...

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Wonder Workshop

At this excellent workshop, artists with disabilities create world-class jewellery, sculptures, candles, stationery and other crafts from old glass, metal, car parts and other recycled materials. There’s a small...

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Boma

The craft store at the Boma museum has a terrific selection of gifts and crafts, with a specialism in quality handwoven fabrics. This is the place to buy special scarves and wraps; it also sells kids' clothes and...

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Schwari

Quality handicrafts and classy homewares, children's toys and national-park maps – Schwari has picked the best of local crafts to create a fine collection. Combine your visit with lunch at Blue Heron.

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Maasai Honey

This wonderful community-run concern has taken the local tradition of bee-keeping and transformed it into an income-generating project. It's been so successful that you may have seen its honey on your breakfast...

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Tingatinga Centre

This excellent centre is at the spot where Edward Saidi Tingatinga originally marketed his designs, and it’s still one of the best places to buy Tingatinga paintings and to watch the artists at work.

Arts & Crafts in Zanzibar Town

Moto & Dada Shop

This shop sells products from Moto, a Zanzibar-wide handicraft cooperative that supports the island's rural economy by selling bags, sun hats, baskets, mats and other goods woven from ukili (palm leaves), and...

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Jenga

Jenga is a social enterprise offering Zanzibari entrepreneurs a platform (both online and in-store) from which to sell handmade products. And what products they are: bags and clutches in colourful graphic...

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Upendo Means Love

This multifaith community project builds bridges between Zanzibar's minority Christians and the largely Muslim population through its sewing school and fashionable boutique. The result: stylish ladies' and...

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Zenji Boutique

A well-curated showcase of eclectic Zanzibari and Tanzanian crafts displayed with details of their provenance and production. Kit yourself out with upcycled beach bags made from rice sacks or dhow sails, or...

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Fahari

Shop and social enterprise Fahari combines traditional Zanzibari skills with the cutting-edge expertise of accessories designer Julie Lawrence to produce eye-catching bags in leather and ukili (woven palm fonds),...

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Sasik

The cushions, coverlets and throws in Sasik are the work of self-taught Saada Abdullah Suleiman and her team of over 45 Zanzibari women. Their intricate vegetal designs in bright primary colours are influenced by...

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Doreen Mashika

For Zanzibari high fashion head to this store on Hurumzi St. Trained in Switzerland, Doreen has a signature style that effortlessly combines African prints and materials with European designs, producing beaded...

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Zanzibar Curio Shop

The phrase 'Aladdin's Cave' can be overused, but not here. Step inside for floor-to-ceiling displays of gifts and souvenirs, and browse with no pressure. Go into the next room and then the next to find antiques,...

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Bead by Bead

Run by the local Maasai Women's Bead Co-op, this is the pick of the roadside souvenir shops that you find in this corner of the country. It all revolves around the bead here, with jewellery, place mats and other...

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Kariakoo Market

Dar es Salaam's biggest and busiest market occupies several city blocks and the former barracks of the British Carrier Corp. It heaves with people morning, noon and night and you can find virtually anything here....

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Cultural Heritage

The large and unmissable Cultural Heritage craft mall on the western edge of Arusha has all the usual souvenirs as well as some less common items. Shopping is hassle-free, but prices are higher. There’s a DHL...

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Memories of Zanzibar

This place calls itself an emporium, and it does indeed have a massive range of souvenirs: carvings, clothing, books, ornaments, furnishings, jewellery, fabrics, toys and more, all in a modern environment....

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Moshi Mamas

A local craft cooperative run by, as the name suggests, a handful of friendly local mamas, this place sells beadwork, kitenge cloth and a small collection of other craft items made by the cooperative's members....